June 20, 2011: The Ottawa Citizen
Hundred of Canadian pronghorn antelope have been stranded in Montana south of the Missouri Rover, trying to return to their grounds in southern Saskatchewan and Alberta. The “Epic Winter” forced the animals much farther south than usual- across a frozen reservoir that is now a barrier. They are now trying to head back north but some of them are making it and some of them aren’t. The construction of the Fort Peck Dam on the Missouri River in the 1930’s has created this obstacle for North America’s fastest land animal. The melt brought unusually high water levels and the Pronghorn are not very good swimmers. The unusually high number of deaths have conservation officials preparing restrictions on hunting this year to help the numbers rebound. Experts are also educating racnchers to dismantle fencing that is no longer use on their property. Randy Matchett, a U.S Fish and Wildlife biologist notes that these challenges to do impose a long-term threat.